Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Dowse|
|Written by||Tripper Clancy|
|Music by||Joseph Trapanese|
|Edited by||Jonathan Schwartz|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Box office||$11.2 million|
Stuber is a 2019 American action comedy film directed by Michael Dowse and written by Tripper Clancy. It stars Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan, and follows an Uber driver who unwillingly becomes part of a police officer’s arrest operation.
The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 13, 2019 and was theatrically released in the United States on July 12, 2019 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film was produced by 20th Century Fox for that studio before the close of the March 2019 merger of that studio with Disney. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who criticized it for not taking full advantage of its potential but praised Nanjiani and Bautista’s chemistry.
A meager Uber driver named Stu is forced by an aggressive Los Angeles Police Department detective named Vic to drive him around town to catch a notorious drug lord named Oka Teijo. For Vic, it is especially personal, as Teijo murdered Vic’s partner.
Along the way, Stu deals with Vic’s mad behavior while trying to express his feelings to his friend Becca. Stu and Vic confront each other about Stu’s inability to man up while Vic is called out for his toxic masculinity and negligence toward his daughter Nicole.
Eventually, the two face Teijo at the location of his drop, where Vic finds that Captain Angie McHenry is a dirty cop who has been working with Teijo and was planning to frame Vic for murder to get him off their trail, while Stu does admit he loves Becca, but then realizes it wouldn’t work since he knows she doesn’t feel the same way and that they shouldn’t even be friends.
Stu and Vic work together to take the villains down, but Nicole ends up in the mayhem when she finds them and is nearly shot by Teijo. Stu takes the bullet, and Vic almost kills Teijo before Nicole stops him, and the cops arrive to bring Teijo to justice.
After Stu and Vic recover, they become good friends, and Stu starts to date Nicole, although Vic isn’t sure how to feel about that.
This movie was great. Non stop fun and excitement, a great date flick or just a fun night out with friends or family. The fight scenes were not ridiculously acrobatic or portrayed by super human feats, though Batista is a hulk, if there ever was one. Good energy and pacing. A few of the laughs almost caused soda to spew. Highly Recommended and a hilarious 5 stars – MR